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(Fox News)   After 48 years, 576,000 miles, and a story on Fark a few years back, 93-year-old Florida woman stops driving her beloved 1964 Mercury due to age-related macular degeneration   (foxnews.com) divider line 59
    More: Followup, Fark, age-related macular degeneration, Lyndon B. Johnson, Lou Gehrig's disease, Rachel Veitch  
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2012-04-02 06:54:18 PM  
I'll give her $500 for it
 
2012-04-02 07:00:35 PM  
She was obviously crazy. Crazy about a Mercury.
 
2012-04-02 08:11:18 PM  
How does a Mercury get macular degeneration?
 
JVD
2012-04-02 08:13:30 PM  
Sweet, looks like the car is going to be at Iola this year then. Gotta see what kind of shape its in!
 
2012-04-02 08:14:16 PM  
There are probably about three moving parts in that car to break.
 
2012-04-02 08:15:35 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: She was obviously crazy. Crazy about a Mercury.


Crazy Little Thing Called Love?
 
2012-04-02 08:17:26 PM  

cretinbob: I'll give her $500 for it


Probably worth about $3,000. Too bad it's not a Mercury Cyclone.
 
2012-04-02 08:18:09 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: She was obviously crazy. Crazy about a Mercury.


She bought herself a mercury and cruised it up an' down the road.
 
2012-04-02 08:20:06 PM  

ksobby: How does a Mercury get macular degeneration?


AIDS does it.
 
2012-04-02 08:22:15 PM  
t1.gstatic.com
impressive
 
2012-04-02 08:22:16 PM  
I love this lady!
 
2012-04-02 08:28:08 PM  
If that's all the miles she has on it, she must not have done very much driving over the years. I have a '98 I bought new that just turned over 193,000 miles. If I was able to keep the car for 48 years, at that rate I think I might have a few million.
 
2012-04-02 08:29:14 PM  
Hearts.

G-Ma, i steel feel you still in yer car made of metal and road...

We roll.

*smooches*

CDP.

;)
 
2012-04-02 08:30:08 PM  
There's a 1950 Mercedes 140 D on the road in my home town, has to have 1.5+ million miles on it.

\\\ love to have such a car.
 
2012-04-02 08:32:27 PM  

wambu: cretinbob: I'll give her $500 for it

Probably worth about $3,000. Too bad it's not a Mercury Cyclone.


Crap you say, Ford Motor Company would pay at least $25,000 for a car with 576,000 miles on it.

There was a Model T on the road in my home town as late as 1979, Ford offered to trade one of their best trucks even--up, to use it for advertising. The owner said no deal, unless you guarantee the truck will last 50 years.
 
2012-04-02 08:40:22 PM  
Veitch, a retired nurse who told FoxNews.com in July 2009 that the car had outlasted three marriages and three sets of shocks

The dudes must have got tired of sex in the back seat. Would have been better to fark in a bed like normal couples.
 
2012-04-02 08:51:38 PM  

Enemabag Jones: There are probably about three moving parts in that car to break.


You'd think so but that's a high trim model - it has the 289 V8, 3-speed auto and air conditioning. All of which have been rebuilt at least once, along with who knows how many generators, water pumps, carbs, etc. I wonder just how much money she's actually stuck into that thing. Of course, without any emissions controls, I'm sure it's insanely easy to service. Two guys in their back yard with a hoist could probably drop a whole new drivetrain in that thing and put it back on the road in a day with a couple of breaks for beer.
 
2012-04-02 08:54:35 PM  
olddinosaur: wambu: cretinbob: I'll give her $500 for it

Probably worth about $3,000. Too bad it's not a Mercury Cyclone.

Crap you say, Ford Motor Company would pay at least $25,000 for a car with 576,000 miles on it.

There was a Model T on the road in my home town as late as 1979, Ford offered to trade one of their best trucks even--up, to use it for advertising. The owner said no deal, unless you guarantee the truck will last 50 years.


My dad has a '77 ford pickup with like 476,000 mi and still runs like a champ, starts first time every time, doesn't smoke or burn oil, so I'd say the model T guy should have bit.
 
2012-04-02 08:54:58 PM  
I think I seen her on Leno, she needed a part for the gearshift and he found one for her.
 
2012-04-02 08:57:52 PM  
I traded her in Jan. 8th for my new car. It was a very sad day.
 
2012-04-02 08:58:45 PM  

Oldiron_79: My dad has a '77 ford pickup with like 476,000 mi and still runs like a champ, starts first time every time, doesn't smoke or burn oil, so I'd say the model T guy should have bit.


Straight 6?

My '98 Chevy truck has 58,000 miles on it.
 
2012-04-02 08:59:01 PM  
Take...2
 
2012-04-02 09:00:20 PM  
Why am I not able to post pictures? and why making me wait to post 30 seconds? wtf, fark?
 
2012-04-02 09:00:45 PM  
pdieten,You'd think so but that's a high trim model - it has the 289 V8, 3-speed auto and air conditioning. All of which have been rebuilt at least once, along with who knows how many generators, water pumps, carbs, etc. I wonder just how much money she's actually stuck into that thing. Of course, without any emissions controls, I'm sure it's insanely easy to service. Two guys in their back yard with a hoist could probably drop a whole new drivetrain in that thing and put it back on the road in a day with a couple of breaks for beer.

They may not be easiest to drive, but under the hood those simpler mid-sixties cars are just beautiful.
 
2012-04-02 09:02:37 PM  

pdieten: Enemabag Jones: There are probably about three moving parts in that car to break.

You'd think so but that's a high trim model - it has the 289 V8, 3-speed auto and air conditioning. All of which have been rebuilt at least once, along with who knows how many generators, water pumps, carbs, etc. I wonder just how much money she's actually stuck into that thing. Of course, without any emissions controls, I'm sure it's insanely easy to service. Two guys in their back yard with a hoist could probably drop a whole new drivetrain in that thing and put it back on the road in a day with a couple of breaks for beer.


I have a '64 1/2 Mustang convertible that shares many of the same parts at the Falcon/Comet. The car is incredibly simple and was well built, especially for its time. My Mustang has almost 200K on it although everything has been rebuilt, replaced or restored. The best part is that you can still pick up everything from a starter, water pump and even a heater core at NAPA.
 
2012-04-02 09:04:01 PM  
The last 300,000 miles were driven at approximately 12MPH with the right turn indicator on.
 
2012-04-02 09:05:42 PM  
FTFA--The last time she bought a car, gas cost 39 cents a gallon

I am fairly certain gas was lower than 39 cents a gallon in 1964.

Fact-check much, author?
 
2012-04-02 09:07:01 PM  
TheGreatGazoo: Oldiron_79: My dad has a '77 ford pickup with like 476,000 mi and still runs like a champ, starts first time every time, doesn't smoke or burn oil, so I'd say the model T guy should have bit.

Straight 6?

My '98 Chevy truck has 58,000 miles on it.


No, his is a 302 V8 and a manual transmission.
 
2012-04-02 09:08:43 PM  
Hello? Anybody there?
 
2012-04-02 09:09:36 PM  
FTFA: Veitch bought her beloved ride for $3,289 in February 1964 from a dealer in Sanford, Fla.

The same month the Beatles first appeared on Ed Sullivan.
 
2012-04-02 09:14:04 PM  
I'll just sit over here.

In the dark.



Don't worry, anyone, I won't make any trouble.
 
2012-04-02 09:17:54 PM  

leevis: If that's all the miles she has on it, she must not have done very much driving over the years. I have a '98 I bought new that just turned over 193,000 miles. If I was able to keep the car for 48 years, at that rate I think I might have a few million.


Let's say you've owned your car for 14 years. You've driven your vehicle roughly 13,800 miles a year, and if you had your car for 48 years and drove at the same pace you would rack up a little shy of 662k. So she's actually not too far off of your pace.
 
2012-04-02 09:18:24 PM  

Oldiron_79: olddinosaur: wambu: cretinbob: I'll give her $500 for it

Probably worth about $3,000. Too bad it's not a Mercury Cyclone.

Crap you say, Ford Motor Company would pay at least $25,000 for a car with 576,000 miles on it.

There was a Model T on the road in my home town as late as 1979, Ford offered to trade one of their best trucks even--up, to use it for advertising. The owner said no deal, unless you guarantee the truck will last 50 years.

My dad has a '77 ford pickup with like 476,000 mi and still runs like a champ, starts first time every time, doesn't smoke or burn oil, so I'd say the model T guy should have bit.


I bought a 1977 Chevrolet K10 (full time 4wd) in 1996, put a 4Wheel Pop-Up camper in the back and drove it through 2009. It had a crate 350 in it when I bought it, and I put a single 3" exhaust on it. Other than that, and the addition of the camper I didn't do anything except change the oil and add gasoline. Well, I did have to replace one gas tank. And the fuel pump. I think I replaced the front drive shaft once. And the battery. There may have been a few other maintenance issues, but over all: Great truck!
(no idea about mileage as the speedometer/odometer never worked the whole time I owned it. Replaced the cable once, but that didn't fix it)
 
2012-04-02 09:19:34 PM  
No body knows

the troubles I's seen,

No body knows


the sorrows.......
 
2012-04-02 09:21:26 PM  

leevis: If that's all the miles she has on it, she must not have done very much driving over the years. I have a '98 I bought new that just turned over 193,000 miles. If I was able to keep the car for 48 years, at that rate I think I might have a few million.


Uh .. she averaged 12,000 miles per year and you averaged 13,785 per year .. so no.
 
2012-04-02 09:26:42 PM  

John Buck 41: FTFA--The last time she bought a car, gas cost 39 cents a gallon

I am fairly certain gas was lower than 39 cents a gallon in 1964.

Fact-check much, author?


Thats actually about right. I remember high-test (112 octane) being $0.45-$0.55/gallon around '68. That was back when you could order a 11.5:1 compression engine from almost anyone on special order from the factory. Thats why you can sometimes find an old 409 ci early to mid 60's Impala or Bel Air 015 block in a wrecking yard. Or the old Chrysler 426 hemi's that could be ordered at 12:1.

My grandpa had a 65 IH Travelall that was his main commuter truck for years, and he was freaking out about it hitting $.75/gallon around '71. Swore he would sell the truck before gas hit a dollar a gallon. Sold it to my uncle, who promptly burnt it to the ground on a camping trip.
 
2012-04-02 09:34:56 PM  
Back when American cars were GOOD.

"I don't know much about this, but let me call my buddy who can come in and tell a little bit more about this."
 
2012-04-02 09:38:57 PM  

Miss Stein: FTFA: Veitch bought her beloved ride for $3,289 in February 1964 from a dealer in Sanford, Fla.

The same month the Beatles first appeared on Ed Sullivan.


Finally! Some good news out of Sanford FL.
 
2012-04-02 09:41:15 PM  
pdieten:You'd think so but that's a high trim model - it has the 289 V8, 3-speed auto and air conditioning.

I believe that her car has the 260 V8...

I met her about 14 years ago when I was working in Orlando... I was working at her daughter's home, across the street from her's and she asked if I liked cars, to which I replied "Yes".

We walked across the street, she went inside and opened the garage... I was then treated to an hour discussion of the car's history... Among the many stories, a few I remember were how she told the manager at a local chain auto shop his tech was too stupid to work on her car since he said it had a bad alternator (it has a generator), and at the time the only non-stock addition to the car was the cruise control, because she got pulled over doing 90mph on the way to a car show up North...

There were two filing cabinets with EVERY single receipt showing everything that was done to the car... Occasionally I would see her driving around town with the tag in the window proclaiming "xxx,xxx miles. Just bragging!"

Glad I got to meet her and was excited to hear she is still alive....
 
2012-04-02 09:41:59 PM  
Price of a gallon of gas in 1964 Link (new window)
 
2012-04-02 09:46:11 PM  

Deathfrogg: John Buck 41: FTFA--The last time she bought a car, gas cost 39 cents a gallon

I am fairly certain gas was lower than 39 cents a gallon in 1964.

Fact-check much, author?

Thats actually about right. I remember high-test (112 octane) being $0.45-$0.55/gallon around '68. That was back when you could order a 11.5:1 compression engine from almost anyone on special order from the factory. Thats why you can sometimes find an old 409 ci early to mid 60's Impala or Bel Air 015 block in a wrecking yard. Or the old Chrysler 426 hemi's that could be ordered at 12:1.

My grandpa had a 65 IH Travelall that was his main commuter truck for years, and he was freaking out about it hitting $.75/gallon around '71. Swore he would sell the truck before gas hit a dollar a gallon. Sold it to my uncle, who promptly burnt it to the ground on a camping trip.


Every reference I have found says 36 cents a gallon in '71.
 
2012-04-02 09:48:43 PM  
I saw her on TV once. She's a smart lady. She bought a "lifetime battery" back when she bought the car, and has never paid for a battery. Same with several other service items.
 
2012-04-02 09:49:36 PM  

John Buck 41: Deathfrogg: John Buck 41: FTFA--The last time she bought a car, gas cost 39 cents a gallon

I am fairly certain gas was lower than 39 cents a gallon in 1964.

Fact-check much, author?

Thats actually about right. I remember high-test (112 octane) being $0.45-$0.55/gallon around '68. That was back when you could order a 11.5:1 compression engine from almost anyone on special order from the factory. Thats why you can sometimes find an old 409 ci early to mid 60's Impala or Bel Air 015 block in a wrecking yard. Or the old Chrysler 426 hemi's that could be ordered at 12:1.

My grandpa had a 65 IH Travelall that was his main commuter truck for years, and he was freaking out about it hitting $.75/gallon around '71. Swore he would sell the truck before gas hit a dollar a gallon. Sold it to my uncle, who promptly burnt it to the ground on a camping trip.

Every reference I have found says 36 cents a gallon in '71.


We moved here in 1966 and gas was 27 cents a gallon. For years. In California.
 
2012-04-02 09:52:25 PM  
I caused this. I'm sorry.
 
2012-04-02 10:03:35 PM  

Macular Degenerate: I caused this. I'm sorry.


We forgive you.

//Well, I do.
 
2012-04-02 10:15:45 PM  

Barry McCockinner: pdieten:You'd think so but that's a high trim model - it has the 289 V8, 3-speed auto and air conditioning.

I believe that her car has the 260 V8...

You're right, I remembered it wrong from the last time I heard about her. My bad.

That 260 wasn't around long. You'd think at some point, some mechanic facing down a rebuild of that motor would have told her to do the swap to a junkyard 289.
 
2012-04-02 10:16:46 PM  
another 93 yr old off the road? good.

my ancient mother, blind as a bat and too stubborn for new glasses, recently went to NJDMV to try and pass her license test. she has been a danger on the road for too long, and like many of her ilk does not care who she puts in danger.

some helpful a-hole at NJDMV thought a group of grey-hairs shouldn't have to stand on a long line. so they took all the one foot in the grave candidates aside and passed them without testing. so they could get out of there in a reasonable time.

Saturday before last Mom blacked out, ran her car up on someones yard, had to be hospitalized for seizures. NJDMV workers pissed off at cut-backs are going to be responsible for lots of unsafe motoring in NJ, watch and see.

Thanks, Governor Lardass.
 
2012-04-02 10:47:39 PM  

pdieten: Barry McCockinner: pdieten:You'd think so but that's a high trim model - it has the 289 V8, 3-speed auto and air conditioning.

I believe that her car has the 260 V8...

You're right, I remembered it wrong from the last time I heard about her. My bad.

That 260 wasn't around long. You'd think at some point, some mechanic facing down a rebuild of that motor would have told her to do the swap to a junkyard 289.


I owned a Tiger, and the quick way to tell the true car geeks were if they asked me if it still had the 260. OTOH, I had this conversation more than once: "Is that a 289?" "No, it's a 260." "There's no such thing." "Right."

/Should have told them it was a 221
//Early Cobras were 260s too
 
2012-04-02 11:21:54 PM  
I am driving a 2000 Ranger with over 235,000 miles behind it. It starts, idols and runs fine. The funny story about it is my dad gave me the truck because the check engine light came on. He couldn't find a mechanic in NC that could figure it out. Since NC wouldn't let the truck pass inspection and he couldn't drive it, he trailered it up to me. I spent $7 on gas treatment and the check engine light turned off and the idol smoothed out. The code read 5th spark plug was misfiring and nobody thought to clean the injectors.

/I used to be a chevy guy
 
2012-04-02 11:22:14 PM  
I owned a Tiger, and the quick way to tell the true car geeks were if they asked me if it still had the 260. OTOH, I had this conversation more than once: "Is that a 289?" "No, it's a 260." "There's no such thing." "Right."

When I had a job at a Chevrolet dealership, one of the techs bought a pretty nice '71 Z28. He was showing it to another tech, and I came out to have a look. Since it was a 350, I was curious what size the carb was, so I asked him. "It's stock, a 780 CFM" he said. I said, "But the stock 780 carb on these had vacuum secondaries, that's a double pumper." He got hostile, and said "The carburetor's been modified." I realized I was talking to an idiot, and gave up on the conversation.
 
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